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Design & Technology (Product Design) A-Level at Deanery High School and Sixth Form College

Course description

In A level Product Design students can explore, develop and create products that fill a need or solve a real problem within the design world. On the AS level students complete two projects; the first is in the form of a minor project based on a design style or movement. The second project is a major project and allows students to gain a better understanding of materials, processes and manufacturing methods. In A2 students are encouraged to find their own project and develop a design solution for a particular problem they have recognised. In this project students can really develop and experiment with the knowledge, skills and understanding they have gained throughout the key stages and gain an excellent basis for further study at University level. At the Deanery we have a wide range of CAM machines including two excellent laser cutters. We also have cutting edge CAD software to realise design ideas. The most important part of the AS and A2 courses is to enjoy the process of designing and immerse yourself in the endless possibilities of a Product Designer.

Course content

We follow the AQA specification, an examination board which is well known for its rigour and academic standards.

AS At AS level students study two practical controlled assessment projects plus an end of year examination (Unit 1).

Unit 2, Project 1- Bauhaus Clock: This is a study of the famous German Bauhaus design school and then a clock which is designed and manufactured in this style. Students will have the opportunity to develop their knowledge, skills and understanding of resistant materials, manufacturing processes and product design.

Unit 2, Project 2- Solve a problem: Product Design is about solving real problems that you have identified and can communicate a designed and manufactured solution for. This project is an extension of what has already been learnt in the first project.

A2 At A2 level, students complete one major controlled assessment project plus an end of year examination (Unit 3).

Unit 4, Major Project: This is a student generated project and should ideally have some intrinsic interest and solve a real problem. The project also involves how to market a product and potentially make some money from it!

Entry requirements

Grade 5 in any type of Technology Subject

GCSE English Language & Maths at Grade 5 or better plus at least 3 additional GCSE at Grade 4 or better

Future opportunities

We are surrounded by the designed world and the products that inhabit it, from this course you could go on to study any of the following subjects at degree level in university: Product Design (in all its forms), Architecture, Automotive Design, Industrial Design, Model Making and Ergonomics. Of course, the dedication of seeing a project through to its completion goes a long way to showing universities and employers that you have the drive, focus and ambition to succeed!

How to apply

You can apply for this course through UCAS Progress. Add this course to your favourites so you can start making an application.

Last updated date: 13 November 2017
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